Mars

Mars is the fourth planet from the Sun and the second-smallest planet in the Solar System after Mercury. In English, Mars carries a name of the Roman god of war and is often referred to as the 'Red Planet'. The latter refers to the effect of the iron oxide prevalent on Mars' surface, which gives it a reddish appearance distinctive among the astronomical bodies visible to the naked eye. Mars is a terrestrial planet with a thin atmosphere, having surface features reminiscent both of the impact craters of the Moon and the valleys, deserts, and polar ice caps of Earth.

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NASA Perseverance Mars Rover to Acquire First Sample

“NASA is making final preparations for its Perseverance Mars rover to collect its first-ever sample of Martian rock, which future planned missions will transport to Earth. The six-wheeled geologist is searching for a scientifically interesting target in a part of …

NASA’s Mars Helicopter Reveals Intriguing Terrain for Rover Team

“Ingenuity’s ninth flight provided imagery that will help the Perseverance rover team develop its science plan going forward. Images snapped on July 5 by NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter on its ambitious ninth flight have offered scientists and engineers …

Flight 9 Was a Nail-Biter, but Ingenuity Came Through With Flying Colors

“It has been a week of heightened apprehension on the Mars Helicopter team as we prepared a major flight challenge for Ingenuity. We uplinked instructions for the flight, which occurred Monday, July 5 at 2:03 am PT, and waited …

Meet the Open-Source Software Powering NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter

“Created at NASA’s JPL, the open-source flight software called F Prime isn’t just powering humanity’s first interplanetary helicopter; it’s also powering inspiration at multiple universities. When NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter hovered above the Red Planet …

China’s Zhurong rover returns landing footage and sounds from Mars

“China has released landing process footage from its Zhurong rover as well as video and sounds of the vehicle roving on Mars. Footage of the entry, descent and landing shows deployment of a supersonic disk-gap-band parachute, separation of the backshell …

NASA’s Self-Driving Perseverance Mars Rover ‘Takes the Wheel’

“The agency’s newest rover is trekking across the Martian landscape using a newly enhanced auto-navigation system. NASA’s newest six-wheeled robot on Mars, the Perseverance rover, is beginning an epic journey across a crater floor seeking signs of ancient …

China unveils images of Mars taken by Zhurong rover, marking success of first Mars exploration mission

“China on Friday unveiled the first batch of images from the Tianwen-1 spacecraft’s landing on Mars. The images were taken by its Zhurong Mars rover, including a panoramic view of the landing site and terrain of Mars. The release …

NASA’s Perseverance Rover Begins Its First Science Campaign on Mars

“The six-wheeled scientist is heading south to explore Jezero Crater’s lakebed in search of signs of ancient microbial life. On June 1, NASA’s Perseverance Mars rover kicked off the science phase of its mission by leaving the “Octavia …

NASA’s Curiosity Rover Captures Shining Clouds on Mars

“The science team is studying the clouds, which arrived earlier and formed higher than expected, to learn more about the Red Planet. Cloudy days are rare in the thin, dry atmosphere of Mars. Clouds are typically found at the planet …

NASA’s InSight Mars Lander Gets a Power Boost

“The spacecraft successfully cleared some dust off its solar panels, helping to raise its energy and delay when it will need to switch off its science instruments. The team behind NASA’s InSight Mars lander has come up with an …